Dangerous Assumptions

 
Read: Proverbs 3
 
How often do we assume that we know the whole story of someone’s life or situation? How often do we jump to conclusions and make quick reactions only to learn later that we had it all terribly wrong?  In the book of Proverbs we are warned many times to be wise, cautious, and careful in our judgements and assumptions.
 
I heard a story one time that is a perfect example of this. A woman traveler was between her flights at the airport. She went to the airport convenience store and bought a small package of cookies to eat during her wait.  As she sat down to read her newspaper she started to notice a rustling noise.
 
From behind her paper she was shocked to see a neatly dressed man helping himself to her cookies.  She didn’t want to make a scene so she just leaned over and took a cookie out of the bag for herself. A minute or two passed and the man helped himself to another cookie, and then another. She couldn’t believe it!
 
By this time they had reached the end of the package, but she was so angry she didn’t dare allow herself to say anything.  Then, as if to add insult to injury, the man broke the last remaining cookie in two, and pushed half across to her. He ate the other half and left.
 
Still fuming, some time later when her flight was announced she opened her handbag to get her ticket. To her shock and embarrassment, there she found her pack of unopened cookies. She had actually been eating the man’s cookies. How wrong our assumptions can be sometimes.
 
This story could be applied to many situations in our lives. We are often too quick to judge, too quick to assume, too quick to accuse, and too quick to listen to ourselves instead of God.  Proverbs 3:5-7 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight, do not be wise in your own eyes.”
 
Make it Personal:   What stories or situations do you need to reassess? Perhaps praying for others and encouraging others is a better course than labeling them with dangerous assumptions.  The book of Proverbs has a lot of wisdom.  There are 31 chapters in the book which allow you to read one chapter each day of the month.  God’s wisdom brings us life and hope!
 
Have a blessed week, Glen Rhodes, Arthur Mennonite Church